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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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487 Ratings

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of mimicic
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Clear yellow, light and hardly any foam.

Smell: Very light.

Taste: Very easy to drink. However, bitterness does follow quickly (which doesn't last too long).

Mouthfeel: Watery

Drinkability: You can drink this like water. Drinking this on a beach sounds like heaven =)

Photo of 1fastz28
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a very light golden color without alot of carbonation, smell is incredibly skunky, almost overpowering. taste is sub par, very skunky taste to it, my own mother said "it smells like a skunks ass" i really dont know, how she knows what a skunks ass smells like, i trust her judgement. mouthfeel is watery, and the drink ability is low cause it isn't that great, sorry turkey

Photo of JDV
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with a thick white fairly quickly diminishing head. Almost no smell, slight metallic smell at first, with a light yeast smell as it warmed. Very light taste as well, with subtle malt, and yeast tastes with just a twinge of short lasted, mild bitterness. Overall, very watery, and taste is similar to that of a light beer, rather than a true pilsner. Quite easy to drink, resultedly. Being Turkish I wanted to like this beer, but it is nothing special. Doesn’t taste bad or skunky at least, but too mild flavored and thin.

Photo of Pegasus
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium golden in color, with a dense, modest white head, which retains fairly well, with thin, scattered lace, and little carbonation.

Aroma: Moderately sweet, light malt, with almost no hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a caramel corn-like sweetness, which carries throughout the taste. Toward the end of the taste, a moderate metallic hop bitterness appears, which helps to cut the excessive malt sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A rather mediocre example of the Pilsener style. The malt is excessively sweet, rather than offering a crisp tartness. The hop selection could be improved, it would benefit from the use of a hop in the Noble family.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml brown glass Euro-style longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of HotterThanHell
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Merahaba! I've have had a shit load of this beer but have not had one in 20 years. As a teen (15-16) I lived in Ankara and since there was no drinking age, me and my fellow students and some cool Turks drank this every weekend. My first real beer and I still love it.

Let's be honest, it is an average Pilsner but a good drinking beer that is smoothe and fun to drink with the right people. I'm drinking it from a Turkish version of the "Mas" that I stole as a drunk 16 year old from the Hitite bar in Ankara.

Good color and head with a light "Pils" aroma, that I don't really remember because of the Turkish cigarettes (Maltepe, Samsun, etc.) which smell even worse that American cigarettes. Ahhh what good times. (Got a chance to relive them in Oct. 06 in Munich at a Turkish bar, TTU94 & Ungespundet call me the Turkish Chimney)

Thanks to TTU94 for finding this in Dallas. Bir Bira Cok guzel!!!

Photo of dickroop
1.75/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

We bought this for a pilsner and lager tasting fest. It poured very pale, little color. Smell was like swamp water, distinct sulfury aroma present, kinda skunky. Taste included some indistinct sweetness, no hops in eveidence, a suggestion of some honey. Mouthfeel was watery. Drinkability? Not again, please! Maybe if I was in Turkey, it would be be fresher and better appreciated.

Photo of rodenbach99
1.85/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

bouteille, cadeau de Turquie

bière blonde commerciale classique sans grande distinction, couleur paille pale, odeur sucré de mais-malt, presque pas de houblon, très aqueuse en bouche, finale rapide, désaltérante par contre ce qui l'aide, à boire avec des mets très épicés.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pils glass, the liquid is a bit dark for a pils, gold in color, with good carbonation. The head is small white and leaves little lace.

The smell is kinda stinky, it smells like any skunked old Euro pils that just spent a year on a boat, in a green bottle, on the sun deck.

The taste is better, not offensive just average, not real hopy like a pils more bready.

The mouthfeel is ok at best, medium body but need good carbonation to add some bite.

The drinkability is average. Its all not very good, I would rather a better brew. MK

Photo of SargeC
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw yellow with a chemically enhanced, pure white head

Smell: A little funky, light malt and minimal hops

Taste: A little difficult to begin with, but it mellows out as the can is tilted a few times.

Mouthfeel: Charged carbonation, light. Seems to warm and thicken quickly in the Turkish heat.

Drinkability: Once the flavor is mastered, it is not too bad. Extremely cheap. It is a good beer to keep stocked in the tent fridge because people rarely steal it.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshing and thirst quenching qualities of the Efes Pils. It poured crystal clear and pale straw in color, with a moderate white head that rapidly settles to a thin cover. This Turkish version of a German pilsener has a very mild, pleasingly sweet, grainy aroma. It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and the taste is clean, crisp & refreshing with little aftertaste. The Efes pils is the perfect beer to drink on a hot summer day, just after you finish mowing the lawn.

Photo of Vancer
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sheesh, what a turkey of a beer, har! This one poured the lightest and almost no color, except for a drop of lemon extract. Hey, is this a Mic Ultra?

Whoo, no, a big pungent aroma of malt and veggies tell a different story. And, capped off with a taste of steamed sour kraut in a pot of barley, makes me long for a Macro brew. Must be a mix of ½ barley and ½ corn.

Bitter and harsh finish, this is not even good for lawn mover beer – comes in high priced at appx. $8 a sixer.

Photo of AlexLMS
1.63/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear with a pale golden color. The head is white, moderately low and frothy. Poor retention.
Aroma: strange small malty aroma with a floral twist.
Taste: grainy and adjuncty.
Mouthfeel: drying, strong carbonation, low alcoholic strength, moderate body.
Finish: bitter and short.
Overall: the label states it is entirely made from barley malty, but I strongly doubt it. Sameness, characterless, nothing special. First and last one.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Efes Pilsner pours a deep golden body that rests gently beneath a two-fingered head of creamy bright white froth. Tiny bubbles rise slowly and sporadically. The head takes its time in descending, and then maintains a creamy, solid surface covering. Some very nice lace is also left behind, as well as some fairly solid rings of lace.

The nose displays a combination of grainy maltiness, a mild grassiness, dusty earth, and even a touch of spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with a sturdy medium body, and creamy smooth with just a light snap of crispness before it softens.

The flavor is decidedly malty with a grainy, cereal-like, and honeyish character . Spicy and grassy hops step in at mid-palate and help to balance it, and it finishes a touch sweet with lingering malt and swirling spicy hop notes. The bitterness is restrained, and there's just enough of a firm presence there to balance it. It's clean, and really doesn't display any yeast character at all.

Nicely done, Efes Pilsner is a sturdy European lager that would pair well with a variety of foods (pad Thai, grilled shrimp, barbequed ribs, herbed chicken) and events (sporting events, dinner parties, a night out with the lad or lasses). Certainly worth trying! Not your average Euro-pils!

Photo of schmaldj
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a while since I had this beer so my memory is going to have to do. I first had it in Marmaris Turkey. It was a great beer. The color was a rich gold. The head formed nicely and dissipated slowly. Very very drinkable. As it warms up the flavor is very full. It's a beer that you can drink in a large quantity and still want more. I would recommend this to anyone.

Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma- Light malt base with a nice, subdued malty sweetness. Some bittering hops. Seems appropriate for a Pils.

Appearance- Crystal clear yellow with a good, bright white head with some staying power and some lace.

Flavor- Nice blend of malt, malt sweetness, and bittering hops. Overall the taste is mild with no off-tastes of obvious flaws.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty darn good for a beer made in a Muslim country.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle. It has a golden, straw color with a decent head that settles but is retained well enough. There is a slight hop aroma, but the scent is mostly light malt. The flavor is a nice balance between malt and hops, but slightly towards the malt. It has a light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pilsner. It's light and refreshing and great with just about any food. It reminds me of a cross between a Czech and German pils because it seems a bit malty for a German pils, but a bit hoppy for a Czech.

Photo of cproioi
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a straw yellow body with a lot of carbonation present. Atop the beer sits a nice looking white head that left little lacing. The aroma was slightly of floral hops with a sweet juicy fruit malt aroma. The taste follows suit closely however, there was an off taste in it that made it close to un palatable. I don't know how to describe it, it was like something I have never encountered before. The body was light with a semi-dry finish. This beer left me not wanting another one at all.

Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Selection of the Beer-Of-The-Month Club.
Poured a pale golden colcor with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is on the sweet side with a light fruitiness present.
Taste follows through on the fruitiness and is moderately refreshing.
The ending is more sweetness with a distinct lack of any hops.
An average beer at best.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Familiar look and flavor if you've had one of the many similar styles from the Baltic or eastern Europe. Looks and smells in the glass like a sparkling cider. Bright yellow, thin, bubbly. Taste is very subtle malt and hops, with a spritzy carbonation; slightly watered-down taste and a bit of metallic aftertaste that would probably be less pronounced if fresh, from the keg. A Eurasian macro, but much cleaner taste than American (macro) pilsners. Definitely a drinkable beer and one that would go great with local fare in Istanbul. Or Constantinople. Or is it Istanbul?

Photo of BeerHonky
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, golden, straw color with a flimsy white head. Smells faintly of hops and pilsener malt. Not a whole lot of aroma here. Flavor is similar. Watery at first, then a brief appearance of hops and then a blast of sweet malt. Smooth mouthfeel with super tiny bubbles scrubs the palate clean. Not much going on here. Definitely drinkable though.

Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear bright straw color with a nice pillowy white head. Light malt and light adjunct-like aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Pretty typical Euro lager with a touch of grain and a touch of butter. Light-medium bodied with a lightly dry finish.

Tasted: 02/06/07

($1.99 / 330 ml / 11.2 oz. light brown bottle with 'EFES' embossed around the neck 4 times)

Photo of Kulrak
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow with no head whatsoever, even pouring into the middle of the glass. Smells mostly of citrusy and a tiny bit of floral hops. Tastes very clean, hardly any sweetness of any kind, not really very bitter either. Not really much in the way of taste at all. But, very clean. Mouthfeel is very watery, but otherwise not too bad. Overall, it's fairly drinkable because there's no real flavor to disagree with. Wouldn't be too bad on a hot day, I guess.

Photo of HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Pretty plain label on a raised marking brown 11.2 fl oz. bottle. Notes it is a product of Turkey, and claims a 5 cent redemption value for TX… odd. My label is slightly different than the picture, Efes is bigger, style is the same.

Aroma: Grassy hops on a light malt base. Seems appropriate for a Pils, slightly bready.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow glass holds a fair cover of bright white head that left some clumpy lace.

Flavor: Hops are the main force. They are a bit grassy, but have a definite peppery Saaz characteristic. While the hops are firm, the beer isn’t overly bitter. Some mild rice characteristic which I might be reaching too hard for. Overall the taste is mild with no glaring flaws.

Mouthfeel: Light body, very firm almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall Impression: A fair Pils. Not my favorite style in the world, but this is well brewed and I’d drink a number of them on a hot day.

Photo of Chaz
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear straw in color with a white head of medium
duration and with larger-than-average uniform bubbles. SKUNKY (can I say `kind bud'?) aroma is enough to make a dedicated ale drinker stay far away if given to try in a blind taste test. SWEET! Enough maltiness here to make you wanna brush your teeth straightaway. Yet despite this maltitude there's enough of a biting hop character to put this up on
a very low pedestal as a solid example of the pilsener style, especially given its point of origin. Body is light and alcohol is low-to-average, so once the sweetness has mellowed on the palate the hop bitterness remains with you and in a semi-dry, pleasant manner. I first really enjoyed this with a Turkish friend in a small kitchen during a crowded party in an apartment with no air conditioning, all during a scorching summer (in Minnesota that means 100F+ degrees). He's an MGD drinker but really appreciated being able to drink hometown brew (he's from Istanbul) and in the above-mentioned conditions he said the beer felt right at home. A good beer that I will pay good money for, but there are plenty of German and Bohemian Pils (e.g. Bitburger) that I prefer.

Photo of cypressbob
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stubby 500ml bottle

Pours with a straw yellow body, thick fluffy head with good retention. Some thick lacing down the glass

Smell, mixed grain, little bit of corn and a hint of dms too. Some sweet malt on the nose, very slight whiff of hops

Taste, fairly crisp mouthfeel, quite dry almost a rice type character. Little bitterness from the hops, a fairly dry malty finish

A pretty dull and lifeless lager

Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.